Die for Quotes

Quotations are refreshing and mostly give a direct insight into what written materials talk about. These are a collection of my all-time favorite quotes. The best part is that the list grows! Enjoy! 

“Like all monsters, racist representations inevitably conjoin desire and disgust. The Saracens were no exception. The extended visualizations of ‘lusty, black-skinned people’ in the Chanson de Roland, for example, brought ‘the darkness of Africa’ queerly close to Christianity, a temptation within a threat.” – Jeffrey Jerome Cohen Medieval Identity Machines, 200.

‘You behave as if everything I do is part of the story of your life, you are the main character, I am a minor character’ – Lucy, J Coetzee’s Disgrace

‘There is nothing like perfect writing, same way there’s nothing like perfect despair’ – Haruki Murakami

‘I guess you end up trusting people you share lies with” – Karim Dimechkie Lifted by the Great Nothing

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” – Maya Angelou 

‘L’argent n’apporte pas le bonheur’  – ‘Money does not bring happiness’

“My work is not worthy of respect. Why then do you join in it with me?”
― Nawal El-Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero

“Yet not for a single moment did I have any doubts about my own integrity and honor as a woman. I knew that my profession had been invented by men, and that men were in control of both our worlds, the one on earth, and the one in heaven. That men force women to sell their bodies at a price, and that the lowest paid body is that of a wife. All women are prostitutes of one kind or another.” -Nawal El-Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero

‘Dedans mon ennemi je trouve mon amant’-Issabelle,Le Cid(Pierre CORNEILLE,III,3) I find my enemy in my lover (Literal translation)

‘Il n’y avait qu’une ombre à cette belle civilisation( Africaine); le traitement des femmes’ – Maryse Condé, Celanire Cou Coupé /’There was only one grey area concerning this beautiful (African) civilisation; the treatment of women’

‘Ose savoir!’ /’Sapere aude’/’Dare to know’ – Emmanuel Kant

‘Everything under my skirt is mine’ (Quotation presented during the Vaginal Monologues play in reaction to provocative dressing being justification/invitation to rape)

‘Once a people is accustomed to masters, it is no longer in a condition to do without them’- Jean Jacques Rousseau 

‘I reflect upon the equality which nature established among men and the inequality which they have instituted among themselves’ – Jean Jacques Rousseau

‘But if the follies of a misspent youth made me forget those wise lessons for a time, I have had the good fortune at last to realize that whatever propensity one may have towards vice, an education which has engaged the heart is unlikely to be lost forever’ – Jean Jacques Rousseau

‘L’âme seule tient dans le corps péri’ / Only the soul remains in a rotten body – Violaine, acte III L’annonce faite à Marie

‘Je pense donc je suis’/ I am what I think I am – Descartes

‘Votre sexe n’est là que pour la dépendance, du côté de la barbe est la toute puissance’/ ‘Your gender only exists for the sole purpose of dépendance, all autonomy belongs to the beard – L’école des Femmes, Molière

The inevitable phone call that every middle aged man one day will receive; my father has died – Dany Laferrière, The Enigma of the return

Walking toward the car I try to imagine the loneliness of a man facing death in a hospital bed in a foreign country – Dany Laferrière, The Enigma of the return

Ice burns more fiercely than fire – Dany Laferrière, The Enigma of the return

(For the aspiring young writers) ‘What you really need is a good pair of buttocks, It’s a job like the seamstress’s where you spend a lot of time sitting down.’ – Dany Laferrière

There are, beneath this ice, hotter desires and sharper impulses than in any other season. The women here know it. – Dany Laferrière

He nurtured silence so long that emptiness took hold of him. The man became a dry branch that cracked in the cold. – Dany Laferrière

I have lost all direction. Snow has covered everything. Ice has burned away the smells. The realm of winter. Only a native can find his way through this. – Dany Laferrière

Most readers see themselves as characters in a novel. They consider their lives a tale full of sound and fury – Dany Laferrière

There is as much mystery in getting close to a person as in moving apart – Dany Laferrière

Literature like organized crime has its networks – Dany Laferrière

Far from our country do we write to console ourselves? – Dany Laferrière

The Supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – Victor Hugo

L’amour, c’est donner ce qu’on n’a pas à quelqu’un qui n’en veut pas – Lacan.  (Love is giving what we don’t have to people who do not want it )

If you want a taste of freedom, keep moving. – Harriet Tubman

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